Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center
We will not march back to what was,
but move to what shall be.
I am hopeful that this summer has provide you with moments of respite, reflection, and rest. Much work lies ahead–on our campus, in our communities, and the world beyond. In my own reflections on current events, I have found comfort and strength in re-reading the words of Amanda Gorman from her poem, "The Hill We Climb." I am also heartened to undertake my work in collaboration with many of you. The forward momentum is also evident in that we welcomed a new Provost to campus this week. I am delighted that Provost Mili has joined us and Iook forward to her leadership. This coming fall, the Pew FTLC will be joined by two new Faculty Fellows. We will welcome Ellen Shupe, Professor of Psychology, who will serve as Faculty Fellow for Global Learning, and Heather Wallace, Associate Professor of Public Health, who joins us as Faculty Fellow for Adult Learning. As initiatives in these areas shapes up, we will have more to share.
As I am taking stock of things in preparation for the coming year (and as a consequence of surrendering my laptop to the repair shop), I am noticing themes in the resources I have been collecting. Some are new, some are rediscovered treasures. I share just a few (collections of four!) below in the hopes that you find inspiring ideas and practical suggestions that make the coming year a bit easier. I have been away from my blog for a while, so I look forward to getting back to writing and to sharing more with you all – yes, four ideas at a time. Sometimes, you just have to stick with the rhythm that seems right for you.
Whether you will be teaching our newest undergraduate students, returning students, or graduate students, taking an inclusive approach to your teaching is about educating all of our students. Here are four really important resources worth spending some quality time with before the fall semester:
Equity-minded Grading and Assessment Practices
There is a growing “ungrading” movement at GV and beyond. I tend to prefer the term “authentic assessment” a bit more, but the general idea is similar: inviting instructors to interrogate our approaches to assessing student learning. A commitment to equity-minded education involves the exploration of the assumptions behind our practices, recognition that our students are not single stories, and fresh attention to multiple ways of demonstrating attainment of knowledge and skills. A few resources to consider:
Quite a few books about student success have been published recently and they helpfully amplify one another’s messages, including:
I am also making an effort to move out of my comfort zone and beyond my typical non-teaching reads:
Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?
Looking at reports and articles that I had saved over the past few years, you may not be surprised that the word “coping” appeared frequently. If the idea of a “pedagogy of coping” intrigues you, I invite you to check out this provocative, cleverly titled piece: Beyond backward design, or, by the end of this article, you will be able to imagine some alternatives to learning objectives.
I am thrilled to announce the keynote speaker for the Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning below. There will be ample opportunity to learn, discuss, and share with colleagues on August 24th. In addition to the plenary, we look forward to gathering together again and to the return of faculty-led breakouts on a range of topics. On August 23rd, we will be offering a pre-conference workshop where you can come workshop your plans for engaging students in the coming year. Topics we will address have bubbled from you all, including: trauma-informed approaches, balancing structure and flexibility, engaging students with content and with peers, and meeting students where they are. More details to follow.
- Count it Up by Field Music – a refreshing take on privileges that many of us hold, including the ability to “utilize your democratic power for the good of somebody else”
- You Stay Here by Willy Porter – a beautiful and quite painful wartime tale
- My Baby’s Taking Me Home by Sparks – sometimes there is comfort in familiarity and repetition
- The World’s Green Laughter by the B-52’s – a joyful instrumental reminder to take a pause and enjoy the natural world around us
What are you reading? What are you listening to? What are you thinking about? Feel free to drop me a line and let me know. I am curious!
– Christine Rener
28th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching & Learning
Wednesday August 24th
8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
L.V. Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
This Fall Conference will kick off a year-long series dedicated to campus-wide student success conversations and features a keynote presentation by Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). We will engage around the topic of becoming a more student-ready institution. Inspired by the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, 2nd Ed., we will shift the conversation from student preparedness for college to one where we address more pragmatic questions of what we are doing to prepare for students entering our institution. We invite you to learn more about Dr. McNair and explore her writings and projects on the AAC&U website.
The keynote presentation (8:30–10 a.m.) will be followed by faculty-led breakout sessions and lunch. Please hold this date on your calendar. More details, registration information, an exciting Fall 2022 semester learning community opportunity will be available soon.
Teaching Innovation Grant Changes
Applications now reviewed quarterly
Our Teaching Innovation Grants (TIG) are intended to support faculty in pursuing innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning. These projects range from cutting-edge, reserach-based teaching and learning innovations, to innovations that are new to one's field or new to the individual faculty member. The Teaching Innovation Grant encourages and supports the launching of NEW ideas.
TIG applications will no be reviewed on a quarterly basis with deadlines as follows: October 1, January 1, April 1, July 1. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant in 2-4 weeks from the application deadline date.
Applications entered into the system between today and October 1, 2022 will be reviewed by the grants subcommittee in October.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Summer Programs
Summer is a great time to take advantage of the FREE online career development and mentoring resources GVSU's NCFDD Institutional Membership provides all faculty, academic staff, post doc and graduate students.
Mentorship: Efficient and Effective Practices with Dr. Adaira Landry
July 19 from 2–3pm
Equitable, Accessible, and Inclusive Teaching Practices with Dr. Saili Kulkarni
August 23 from 2–3pm
NCFDD Discussion Panel: "What I Wished I Would Have Known as a New Full-Time Faculty Member" with Dr. Teresa Gonzales, Tilicia L. Mayo-Gamble & Dr. Onawa LaBelle
August 30 from 2–3pm
Learn more about this national recognized organization and activate your FREE institutional membership by visiting our NCFDD webpage.
In-Person Program August 10—12, 2022
We are excited to welcome new faculty this fall! Orientation will focus on engaging new faculty in a collaborative learning experience focused squarely on student success, community building, and exploration of campus resources for both faculty and students.
We are planning to meet in person this year but are prepared to pivot to a fully virtual program should circumstances warrant it. This event will not be offered in a dual format—meaning there will not be a simultaneous live-stream of the event, but new faculty who would prefer not to meet in person are welcome to attend one of our alternative orientation sessions closer to the start of the semester.
FROM TEACHING TO LEARNING
Day 1: Wednesday, August 10th
8:30am–3:30pm on the Allendale Campus
A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
Day 2: Thursday, August 11th
8:30am–3:30pm on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus
SCHOLARLY PURSUITS WITH THE CENTER FOR SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE EXCELLENCE (for new Tenure-Track Faculty only)
Day 3: Friday, August 12th
8:30am–1pm on the Allendale Campus
ALTERNATIVE ORIENTATION SESSIONS
Designed for new adjunct faculty and new faculty unable to attend the August 10—12 program
- Option 1: August 24th from 5:30–7:30pm meeting virtually via Zoom
- Option 2: September 6, from 5:30–7:30pm meeting in-person on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus
- Option 3: Complete asynchronous Online Orientation Program open in Mid-August
Fall 2022 New Faculty Orientation—August 10, 11, & 12, 2022
28th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning—August 24, 2022